Lantronix Ships ConsoleWorks to Monitor and Manage Servers, Networks and Telecom Equipment

10/4/2002 - Lantronix announced the general availability of ConsoleWorks, its new console management software that gives IT professionals a control panel from which they can view and manage every device in their entire organization. ConsoleWorks offers simplified and consolidated access to servers, network and telecommunications equipment, through a common Web browser, minimizing management burdens.

For organizations that are coping with the management of widely disparate, complex operations that include remote or unmanned sites, co-location facilities, and data centers in secure or isolated areas, ConsoleWorks helps to free up administrative resources to focus on more productive tasks, while reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of managed equipment. With ConsoleWorks, the time-consuming process of uncovering and accessing network problems is reduced to a matter of minutes, resulting in a dramatically lowered meantime-to-repair of those problems. This type of productivity gain greatly enhances equipment uptime and ensures business continuity.

"Critical business systems cannot afford any downtime, and what network administrators need is a product like ConsoleWorks that helps them to quickly and efficiently diagnose and correct most problems before users start calling the help desk," said Geoff Boyce, executive vice president of marketing, Lantronix. "ConsoleWorks minimizes downtime and simplifies network administration through automated notification of problems, speedy fault isolation, and remote access to managed equipment."

ConsoleWorks captures and logs console output from network-attached devices, scans the output to determine which events are important, prioritizes each event for display, and can notify appropriate personnel or perform automated actions, based on pre-determined rules. ConsoleWorks' control panel offers color-coded displays that notify IT professionals about important events occurring on a device as well as critical details that help solve problems when they arise.

According to Ted Medenblik, a manager of information systems at Duke University Health Services and ConsoleWorks user, the software enables him to manage his network infrastructure and adhere to industry-standard HIPAA security requirements. "ConsoleWorks' detailed event logging and instant notification not only help me keep on top of a widely distributed network and respond to problems quickly, but also comply with HIPAA security regulations for privacy of patient information," Medenblik said. "ConsoleWorks proactively monitors for and records security alarms, then immediately informs me of an anomalous event."

ConsoleWorks communicates with any equipment accessible through telnet, syslog, or a direct serial connection. However, as part of Lantronix' ActiveLinxTM line of console management products, the software works optimally when used with Lantronix' full line of secure console servers (SCS). The SCS line comes in various port densities and ensures connectivity with equipment through in-band and out-of-band options. Additional security features on Lantronix' secure console servers include secure shell (SSH) for secure communications with distributed equipment.

The product comes in three enterprise versions that address the varying needs of different sizes of organizations: 32-, 64- and 128-port. All three versions are initially available for Solaris® and Windows® platforms, and are compatible with enterprise management tools such as HP OpenView, Computer Associates' Unicenter and BMC's PATROL.

Lantronix's ConsoleWorks software is currently available, in 32-, 64- or 128-port versions. Pricing for ConsoleWorks software ranges from $20,000 to $50,000. With the introduction of ConsoleWorks, Lantronix is offering a special incentive program until 12/31/02. As part of the program, end-users will receive a free 32-port SCS3200 secure console server when they purchase an Enterprise Edition of ConsoleWorks.

About Lantronix
Lantronix, Inc. (Nasdaq: LTRX) is a provider of hardware and software solutions ranging from systems that allow users to remotely manage network infrastructure equipment to technologies that network-enable devices and appliances. Lantronix was established in 1989, and its worldwide headquarters are in Irvine, Calif.

Lantronix is a registered trademark of Lantronix, Inc. ConsoleWare is a trademark of Lantronix, Inc. ConsoleWorks is a trademark of TECSys Development.

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